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of their lifetime. we should point out that harvard professor is a former obama campaign adviser from 2008. study is basically not genuine, is not real. they call it false attacks and discredited attacks. so the romney campaign firing back quickly on that line of attack. alex, i can tell you the issues that you just heard the president bring up are issues that resonate here in florida. medicare especially rez nasonat here in florida because seniors voters. at least they did back in 2008. tighter, here, alex. the president does have a slight lead here. but the unemployment rate is higher than the national average. that could really be his biggest challenge to holding on to this state in 2012. you know, this state has 29 electoral votes. it's really the most coveted swing state. president obama is back at the white house tomorrow where he'll be preparing to mark the september 11th anniversary which falls on tuesday. z . >> indead, it does. thanks so much. >>> meanwhile, mitt romney made an exclusive appearance on "meet the press" today for a wide ranging interview. the first topic, the economy. >>
. >>> a critical day unfolding on the campaign trail this saturday. both president obama and mitt romney taking their messages to key battleground states after both sides made their case at their conventions. the president begins in st. petersburg, florida, this morning, before heading to kissimmee. governor romney will speech in virginia beach and then attend a nascar race in richmond. a day after the new molly jobs report showing the economy added fewer than expected 96,000 jobs, even though the jobless rate dropped to 8.1% to 8.3%. here's the president's take from the campaign trail. >>> today we learned that after losing around 800,000 jobs a month when i took office, business once again added jobs for the 30th month in a row. a total of more than 4.6 million jobs. but that's not good enough. we know that's not good enough. we need to create more jobs faster. >> kristinen welker is with the president. >> reporter: when he campaigns here in the st. petersburg area later on today, you can expect him to get back on message, back on his message about jobs growth and economic fairness. you can a
and the obama campaign pushed back thursday morning saying it was an unfair attack on the program because gm announced the closure of that plant even before the '08 election. that back-and-forth between both sides has continued into the weekend. it's critical to this part of the country, auto jobs in ohio one out of every eight somehow tied to the industry. so paul ryan and mitt romney in the next 9 1/2 weeks will be talking a lot about jobs, specifically manufacturing jobs. >> i love paul ryan is able to work while attending his alma mater's football game. will i'll have to do that with today's hawaii/usc football game. >>> meanwhile, president obama is also on the campaign trail as he readies for next week's democratic convention. a busy holiday weekend for the president, kicking off his road to charlotte tour in iowa. the president will campaign in colorado, ohio and virginia. nbc's white house correspondent kristen welker is traveling with the president. she's live in iowa with the latest. hi to you. is it overcast there? is that what's going on there? is that a little bit of isaac? >> r
for the obama campaign? >>> and on the upswing, new data showing american are on the move again. and what that means for the economy and our three big money headlines. >>> speaking of on the move, members of congress going home and not coming back to conduct the people's business until after the november election. what does that mean for the fiscal cliff? >>> hi, great to have you with me. welcome to "weekends with alex witt," i'm thomas roberts. alex has the day off. here's what's happening as we start out 45 days and counting. today new questions about mitt romney's taxes after going public with his full 2011 return. he released those returns late friday. a document dump if you will. and also provided a certified summary of his tax returns over a two-decade period prior to 2010. for 2011, the romneys paid an effective tax rate of 14. % on income of about $13.7 million. mitt and ann romney also donated about $4 million to charity. the romney camp also says the former governor paid an average annual tax rate of about 20.2% between 1990 and 2009. that's in that summary document. meanwhile,
be getting tougher for gop challenger mitt romney. first to iowa. president obama is 49% to mitt romney's 5%. >>> and from the columbia dispatch--this has surrogates from both parties sangled today over who's better equipped to guide the economy over the next four years. >> the president hay has created 4 million new manufacturing jobs. he says he's going to reduce the debt. doesn't say how' goegsing to do it. let's be fair here, governor romney has laid out a vision and a direction for this country. let's hold the president to the same standard as well. >> first of all, we have a deficit plan, it's got health care savings. romney doesn't have a deficit plan. he's got a plan to cut taxes for millionaires and billionaires. he's got a 5 trilli$5 trillion. -- another $2 trillion in defense spending. >> just three days into the first presidential debate, meanwhile mitt romney is off to the trail. we have two reports, we begin with nbc's peter alexander, he's with the romney campaign in boston, with a good morning to you, peter. what are you hearing about all the debate preps today. he o'clock n
president obama is drawing really large, enthusiastic crowds. yesterday in sioux city, iowa, about 10,000 people turned out to hear him speak. they were fired up. they responded with loud applause. when he tried to paint republicans as the party of the past for saying that the republican national convention was basically like watching tv in black and white. on the other hand, alex, he was greeted at the sioux city airport with a huge sign that read, mr. president, we did build this. of course that's a reference to president obama's you didn't build that comment that the romney campaign has seized onto to try to paint the president s a as big government, antibusiness. what it really represents is the electorate is deeply divided in some of these key battleground states that president obama, mitt romney are stumping in in the days leading up to the democratic national convention. and if you talk to political analysts they say what romney did so effectively in his convention speech was to tap into some that have disappointment and to highlight it. so if you talk to surrogates of presiden
" article talking about the debates in which you quote "republican strategists fretting over obama's recent rise, said the debates could be the last best chance for romney to deliver a decisive blow, change the narrative and steady his campaign." that's quite a tall order, david. sounds like a level of desperation there and desperation then leads to mistakes as we've seen in the past. is that a worry at all for the romney camp? i've heard some analysts say that he needs a hail mary. i mean, is it that dramatic? >> absolutely. the romney camp won't come out and say that. everybody sort of tries to downplay expectations before these things. all eyes are on romney. he's trailing in the polls nationally and in the swing states. he said to his supporters, hey, you know, when i name a running mate and when i'm at my convention you're going to see the bumps. you haven't seen sustained bumps. this is his chance to do it. he's running out of chances. 60 member people could watch these debates. this is a big chance for him. >> the challenger gets a butch just for sharing a stage with the president in
. >> michelle obama is encouraging young voters to get to the polls. like right now. the first lady spoke to college students in iowa friday, urging them to go into nearby early voting booths to cast their ballots. >> you got a whole month to make it happen. a whole month to vote! as i tell my children, don't procrastinate. no procrastination. make it happen. do it today. >> joining me now, political reporter for "the washington post" felicia somnez and white house correspondent for the hill, amy barnes. good morning. >> good morning. >> so, amy, i'm going to start with you. on libya, earlier this week the president said on "the view" that he thought it was an act of terrorism. why is this being perceived as such a big reversal now? >> well, i think you're seeing them respond to susan rice, as we mentioned before, and other people in the administration who initially blamed the protests and the violence on the video. now they're sort of walking it back that this is a dramatic shift. what remains to be seen is how the administration, and how team obama the campaign will handle this. so far
pressure it is facing is much greater than ever. when president obama came to office, the international community was divided about iran. and iran was internally very united. the exact opposite is the case today. >> reporter: from the president on down, administration officials say the oil sanctions that have taken place over the summer, european oil sanctions now joining american oil sanctions, other economic sanctions, really taking a bite out of iran's economy. that may be enough to bring them to heel short of any military action against those nuclear installations. alex? >> pretty serious stuff we're discussing here. thanks. >>> meanwhile, around the globe, heightened security at u.s. embassies and consulates as officials try to contain violence over the anti-islamic video made by an american. in paris well-armed police are now guarding the american embassy as a group of protesters stand by. overall u.s. officials expect protests to be calm but continue in the coming days. >>> meanwhile, to the attack in libya, more arrests in the assault on the consulate that killed the u.s. ambass
to weather.com. >>> a critical day unfolding on the campaign trail. both president obama, mitt romney taking their messages to key battleground states after both sizes made their case at the conventions. the president started his day in st. petersburg, florida, where he thanked president clinton for his convention speech and threw in a little humor. >> after he spoke somebody send out a tweet -- you should appoint him secretary of explaining stuff. i like that. secretary of explaining stuff. although i have to admit it didn't really say stuff. i cleaned that up a little bit. >> oh, my goodness. that was a good one. nbc's kristen welker is traveling with the president in the st. petersburg area. you're in seminal. what are we hearing from the president today that we actually can say on the air? just kidding. >> reporter: quite a bit, alex. a lot of people got a laugh out of that, by the way. the president is kicking off a two-day bus tour here in seminole and he's really trying to continue any bounce he may have gotten from the democratic national convention. but as you know, that has been ma
attacks just the past hour from paul ryan to the obama campaign. while speaking to a group of voters in miami, the republican vice-presidential candidate slammed president obama for his remarks about changing washington from the outside. >> president obama admitted that he can't change washington from the inside. why do we send presidents to the white house in the first place? i mean, we send presidents to change and fix the mess in washington. and if this president has admitted that he can't change washington, then you know what? we need to change presidents! >> new questions today about mitt romney's taxes. the republican presidential nominee released his 2011 tax returns on friday, providing a summary of his two decades returns prior to 2010. a government shutdown has been avoided with the senate finalizing a stop fan budget measure before adjourning after midnight. the house adjourned. this is the earliest time before an election to adjourn in some 50 years. >>> no progress was made on preventing the so-called fiscal cliff, and no farm bill. members won't return until after the n
that president obama has placed us on? >> no. >> or do we want to snap out of this, get things right and get this country back on track by electing mitt romney the next president of the united states? [ cheers ] >> the problem with president obama and lots of politicians like him in washington are that they're more concerned about their next election than they are about the next generation. we are not going to make that mistake. we will lead. because what mitt and i are asking you is, help us get this country back on the right track. we want to earn your votes and deserve this victory so that we have the mandate and the moral authority to get this country back on the right track. [ cheers ] >> now, to be fair, president obama came in in some pretty tough times. no two ways about that. he inherited a difficult situation. but here's the problem. he didn't make things any better. he's made things worse! he's run out of ideas. and that is why -- no, he had high des. let me correct you there. he had a lot of ideas and he got most of his ideas in place and that's the problem. you see -- >> there y
work at the white house, they say he wanother one of presiden obama's secret gay boyfriends. why would anyone leave west hollywood to work at the white house. gay, gay, gay, gay, gay. world net daily says so. now the president is going to have to unveil his straight certificate. the long form one. i love these people. weekend's with alex witt starts now. >>> the man behind the anti-muslim film that has sparked worldwide protests is being questioned by police today. in yet another twist in the ongoing saga. this has protests against americans spread to countries beyond the arab world. the latest from the region in live reports. >>> new swing state polls, nbc's chuck todd joins me with results that give us a much clearer picture of what will happen in november. the latest line on undecided voters might surprise you. >>> the iphone 5. could the latest apple product break new ground? and it's already setting sales records. that much we know. good morning, everyone. welcome to weekends with alex witt. let's get to what's happening right now out there. we have some new developments ove
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